Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Let's not forget something very important....Arlen Specter is a hack. Not because he's not conservative enough for me, that's his choice. It's that he claims to be a paragon of virtue, the man who will do the right thing ideology be damned. Well, at the first chance he might lose his precious Senate seat he bolts to save his wrinkly old ass.
Specter is simply a morally bankrupt and cowardly man.
If you want to switch parties, that's fine but there's an honorable way to do that. Phil Gramm did it in the early 80's when he resigned so he could run as a Republican.
If Specter can't stand the idea of being a Republican, why not resign and let Rendell reappoint him? Or simply run for the seat against whoever did get the appointment?
Obviously the idea of not being a Senator is a fate worse than death for this coward. No matter how Specter tries to spin this, it's simply an ass saving and cowardly maneuver.
Here's his statement. As far as I can tell it says something like, "blah...blah...blah...moral coward...blah...Specter uber alles...blah...fuck the GOP..."
Also this photo made giggle. I love the caption! "Phantom hooters" indeed. I wonder if it was photoshopped?
Friday, April 24, 2009
This is an advertisement I noticed a few weeks ago in the Brooklyn subway. It makes no sense to me. Supposedly it's for the beautiful beaches of St. Petersburg, FL. But why is there a man in a kilt swinging a ball and what's up with the theme of Scotland. I seriously have no clue how this image is supposed to lure cold New Yorkers to book a trip to Florida.
Until recently, the big target always was Microsoft Windows, and Apple computers were protected by "relative obscurity," [Kevin Haley, a director of security response at Symantec] said.
But blogs are buzzing this week about what two Symantec researchers have called the first harmful computer program to strike specifically at Mac.
This Trojan horse program, dubbed the "iBotnet," has infected only a few thousand Mac machines, but it represents a step in the evolution of malicious computer software, Haley said.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
That night, hungry from the long ride on the hot and smelly bus, you took me to Teany and I was still naive enough to like that it was owned by a celebrity, the faint association with fame excited me. It was crowded and dark, we managed to wrangle a table and we got the sandwich special. It was a perfect night - I felt light, elated, excited for the fun we were about to embark that weekend. We hadn't known each other for long, but I sensed a strange kinship, a feeling that we saw the world in the same light. You impressed me and I wanted to impress you right back.
Five years later and so many things have changed - and yet remained the same. I no longer crash on your couch, instead I am a permanent guest at your best friend's apartment. Our designated cafe is Aroma (as I write this I'm drooling for their Breakfast special), I don't think we ever went back to Teany. And yet that sense of kinship has not wavered but remained strong, my excitement of seeing you and spending time in New York is different yet remains steady. I look back on that night, not remembering a word we said to each other, yet knowing it was a start of something very special that has endured.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Instant messaging. Twittering. Facebook updates. These 21st-century literary genres are defining a new "Lost Generation" of minimalists who would much rather watch Lost on their iPhones than toil over long-winded articles and short stories. Students will acquire the tools needed to make their tweets glimmer with a complete lack of forethought, their Facebook updates ring with self-importance, and their blog entries shimmer with literary pithiness. All without the restraints of writing in complete sentences.
I love the prerequisites, especially the last one:
ENG: 232WR—Advanced Tweeting: The Elements of Droll
LIT: 223—Early-21st-Century Literature: 140 Characters or Less
ENG: 102—Staring Blankly at Handheld Devices While Others Are Talking
ENG: 301—Advanced Blog and Book Skimming
ENG: 231WR—Facebook Wall Alliteration and Assonance
LIT: 202—The Literary Merits of Lolcats
LIT: 209—Internet-Age Surrealistic Narcissism and Self-Absorption
I also love this part of the course:
140 Characters or Less
Students will acquire the tools needed to make their tweets come alive with shallow wit. They'll learn how to construct Facebook status updates that glitter with irony, absurdity, and dramatic glibness. When tweeting, for instance, that "John is enjoying a buttery English muffin," why not add a link to an image of a muffin with butter oozing from its nooks and crannies? Or why not exaggerate a tad and say that there's bacon on that muffin, even if there's not? It's called poetic license when writers do it! Students will be encouraged to show honesty and vulnerability in their tweets: "Lydia is lounging about in her underwear at 401 Park Street apartment #2, feeling guilty about telling her boss that her uncle died but enjoying the day off." There's no such thing as oversharing when you're a writer.
The best part is the grading system: "Raised by Boomers, Everyone's a Winner."
Sometimes McSweeney's is brilliant. Pure genius.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Other than the obvious (and recurring) allure of vomit gags, Faris has no idea why she’s funny. If she has a method, it’s to approach drama and comedy in the same way. “I think there has to be an earnestness in any character,” she says. “A sincerity for whatever their belief system is. I asked Keenen Wayans a few times, kind of indulgently, ‘Why would you cast me?’ He finally said, ‘Because you had no idea what you were doing.’ I knew that part! I used to feel a tremendous pressure to do drama, especially when I couldn’t even get auditions because I was known as the spoof girl,” adds Faris, who was rejected for sexy roles on shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Six Feet Under. “But I’ve come to embrace my love of comedy.”
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Mr. Petit says he will perform a high-wire walk in the fall in Midtown Manhattan. It will be high, it will be long, and it will be outdoors in a very recognizable location that he does not want revealed quite yet — arrangements are not final.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
- Visited four different states (Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey).
- Have spent time with loved ones from as far away as Vancouver and San Antonio and as close as NYC.
- Munched on my nieces delicious, delicious, delicious, (have I mentioned delicious?) cheeks.
- Realized how bitter I am about the whole "cancer" thing. Kind of got over it.
- Ate a lot of meat, potatoes, and matzos.
- Watched three very well performed plays by my nephews and niece.
- Became a police officer and hair stylist and made my doctor boyfriend share the wealth in the game of LIFE.
- Forgot my camera to the great regret of boyfriend and all the children I encountered.
- Fell in love with beautiful (yet frigid) Manhattan, Central Park is gorgeous.
- Visited my first Wawa, with great fanfare.
- Played some darts and watched Coming to America with PN. How funny is the Macdowell bit? Love that movie. What ever happened to Arsenio Hall?
- Got stuck in multiple traffic jams.
- Ate my first mallomars for Passover c/o my bf.
- While driving to CT I saw the same car I blogged about months ago, on the streets of NYC. The dudes looked pretty much how I expected.
- Oh and Dawn Summers started blogging, and although I haven't read a word of her blog yet, I am very excited.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
I usually get very excited about my birthday, this year not so much. However, seeing all the wonderful well wishes from everyone I love has been awesome. I'm starting to feel like it's my birthday.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
Saturday, April 04, 2009
When closing a road, it might be helpful to post more than one, partially inelligible, electronic sign which makes little sense. Since most people travelling to Virginia in the middle of the night, might mind standing in hour long traffic jams. Fuckers. A monkey could do a better job
Friday, April 03, 2009
Mad Men lets us escape our modern world of talking heads on television telling us how to eat, drink, or breath. One of the things I love about the show is that although the period is researched to a fault, the characters are incredibly accessible and human, they are never caricatures of what they should be. Betty the quintessentially fifties housewife is incredibly powerful character in her own right, even if she does not work and "just" stays home with the kids.
So I was surprised to see a British author taking on the "challenge" of being a fifties housewife, and actually having something positive to say about the experience.
On Wednesday, while carrying out my chores, the man at the drycleaners commented on how nice I looked in a somewhat surprised tone of voice.
'Where are you off to?' he asked. I wasn't going anywhere. It was because I'd bothered to put some make-up on.
I work from home, and it's all too easy to adopt the woman-in-a-shellsuit look when I'm at home, but his comments gave me a boost.
One of the things this exercise showed me is that even if one doesn't want to spend all one's time cooking and cleaning, there are principles worth adhering to - like making sure you look well turned-out, eat healthily and are considerate to others.
Looking at the recipes in my mother's Fifties cookbooks, I was struck not only by the blandness of most of the recipes, but also by the modesty of the portions. It makes me realise that in addition to owning too much stuff, we also eat far too much.
One thing I think Ms.Lichenstein does wrong is that she takes her cues from rules found in "how to be a good wife", from a home economics high school textbook published in 1954. The rules enumerate highly idealistic conduct, that I don't think were actually strictly adhered to at the time. Maybe I am naive, but a generation that produced the Beat movement and who had just experienced WWII the quoted rules seem more like idealized goals than a description of how most women behaved at the time. I mean I don't look at magazines like Cosmopolitan as a real reflection of how I live my life.
I don't understand why the values of the fifties, seem to many, at odds with modern ideas of what is a good life. What the show has shown, in the very least, is the ideas we have of the fifties or at least pre-hippie America is not what the 1954 textbook described. I guess this is a long way of saying, watch the show you won't regret it and that maybe a more conservative way of life - is not so horrible after all.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Oh and Rachel Lucas points out another huge faux-pas by Obama while visiting the United Kingdom, not "England" as he termed it. He is off to a great start....
via Karol who I'll be guest blogging for starting Thursday while she's away getting hitched.